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    Hi everyone.

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to check in, and THANK YOU all for the kind words on this day.  I didn’t sleep at all last night, and I’ve been crying a lot thinking of my little Matthew, but I’m trying to hold it together.  What mom can’t hold back tears on her first day away from her little boy?  Thankfully I work with such wonderful understanding people.  It makes it a little easier.   And, I feel like I have such a huge support system from all of you!

    I promise to get this blog up and running again this week–I’m trying to get my footing again, so I know you will be patient with me!   More pictures of Matthew are coming, and I will get to photos you may have sent in while I was on maternity leave. 

    Much love


Gwen in Mississippi

Gina and Margie: Egads!!! You two are just youngsters! This year marks my 40th year since graduation. Yikes!!!! How did that happen? Surely I'm still 25!! Kind of reminds me of a conversation my twins had when they were about 3 (when I was still a youngster). Ben says (to me), "You're an old wady, aren't you Mommy?" Patrick says (to Ben) in a very indignant voice, "She's not an old wady, she's a mommy!" Ben says (to Patrick), "She is too an old wady!!!" Needless to say, that's still a classic line in our home. They will all still look at me and say, "You're an old wady, aren't you Mommy?" Oh well, I guess you just kind of had to be there! Richard, I loved the "lions and tigers and bears" line. That one made me laugh. Happy painting!! You don't hire out, do you? I probably couldn't pay the mileage. HA! Y'all enjoy the rest of your day! :) Gwen

May 5, 2009 at 11:44 am


Janice...Glad to hear that today was tad bit easier :) ....and had to chuckle that Matthew didnt recognize you at first with your hair and make-up...(chuckle).... A mom earning a living is a great role model for him...He will appreciate all the more a good work ethic and all that a mother does for her children ..... (smile)

May 5, 2009 at 11:17 am


Hey Y'all! Thanks for the Birthday Wishes! 53 is a BIG number! ha ;) Still raining here...a little depressing after a week. I need to see the sunshine again...PLEASE??? Have a great day everyone, and JD you look great today! Deb

May 5, 2009 at 11:16 am

Richard in London

Thanks Gina! , God bless you, nice to hear from ya!,i've taken 10 days off as from monday as im re painting the appartment, we can't afford to buy right now like most folk so i figured my wife and i would pimp up our pad!, HA! you guys all have a great day and week ahead, Don in richmond hows your shoulder doing ? , hope you are well my friend!, Margie i was going to mention to you, have you ever been on Tangle ? (used to be Godtube) its a really cool christian website with music , videos and a prayer wall, also i catch online services which are growing quite popular at rick warrens saddleback church, all in all its very uplifting and positive! cya Rich!

May 5, 2009 at 10:41 am

Margie Gacki

Hey Gina, Egads, you're right--we are old!! I'm young at heart but my bad knees make me feel really old when they hurt. I could have a lot worse things wrong with me so I won't complain. Have a great day! Margie

May 5, 2009 at 10:00 am


We graduated the same year, Margie - Egads, we're old!!! LOL Happy Birthday, Deb, I hope you have a fabulous celebration. Hi Richard, good to hear from you again from across the pond. Good a.m. Dawn, Tony and Gwen. Have a great day, fellow Weather Machine fans and bloggers!!

May 5, 2009 at 9:45 am

Scott Taylor

Welcome back, Janice. I've never been a parent, but I'm sure it's difficult to leave the little guy at home. It's obvious every time I see you with your co-workers that you are very loved around there. I'm sure you'll have a lot of support.

May 5, 2009 at 9:35 am

Margie Gacki

Happy Birthday Deb! I hope you have a great day! Gwen, it sounds like you have a lot to be proud of with all your boys. Graduations are always a special time. Talking about graduation just made me remember that I graduated from high school 30 years ago--now I'm feeling really old! I think June 3rd is the exact day. That was a long time ago! I remember when I went away to college, my wonderful brother Tom told me I wouldn't last a month in college. This is the same brother who just told my mother that he's too tired from his busy social life to visit her on Mother's Day. He's always been a jerk so I guess he'll always be a jerk. Anyway, my parents and I are going to enjoy a nice meal at a restaurant that is having a special Mother's Day menu. Filet mignon and lobster tail are a lot fancier than what we originally planned for a special dinner so I think we'll do quite well without my brother and his family. Their chocolate volcano cake sounds very intriguing so I might have to try that! I hope your kids do something special for you for Mother's Day. It sounds like you raised them to be fine young men. (I'm trying to think of a sentence where I can use "egads!" but I can't think of one at the moment. I do try to avoid ending sentences with a preposition!) I hope everyone has a great day. Hopefully things won't be too soggy today. The Potomac River was only 6 inches away from flood stage last night so I hope that settled down. I'm out of room! Have a great day all! Margie

May 5, 2009 at 9:12 am


Happy BDay Deb! :D Gwen...Yep hopefully emotional connections stay strong, nurtured and healthy....But certainly cant be forced.... Sometimes they are there...and sometimes they arent.....But no promises and no guarentees and only God completely knows the hearts of each of us and why things are the way they are...

May 5, 2009 at 9:03 am

Gwen in Mississippi

Good morning all! Dawn, sounds like your mom had a great philosophy for raising children. I totally agree about that "fine line" you speak of. We want our children to be independent and capable and able to take care of themselves in this big old world, yet we want them to maintain that emotional connection to us always. I hope when my life here is done people will say, "She was a really good mama". That would be the highest praise I could ever hope for. (Egads, Tony, I ended a sentence with a preposition!) Guess I'm feeling a little nostalgic since my twin sons will graduate from community college on May 16th. These are my babies...although you wouldn't think of them as babies to look at them. I'm very proud of their I am proud of all 4 of my boys. They have all become good men. I didn't do this by myself...they have a wonderful, hands-on dad, and God has blessed us all. BTW....isn't today Deb's birthday? Seems like I remember someone saying it was the 5th. If so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEB! If I was there I'd make you a strawberry cake. Think I'll just make one here and enjoy it in your honor. Y'all have a great day! ;) Gwen

May 5, 2009 at 8:43 am


Gwen you said.. "A mother’s life is a series of lots of little moments of “letting go”. " How beautifully said and insightful...Thanks for sharing! :) My mother's philosophy was her responsibility and goal was to raise three well-ground and responsible children so that when we were grown we could fly on own on... That being a mother was to give her children wings (skills) so that they could fly on their own and not to stay in the nest.... There is a fine line between mothering and smothering ....and it's not just an "s"

May 5, 2009 at 8:04 am

Richard in London

except when there's......."lions, tigers, and bears......."

May 5, 2009 at 7:48 am

Tony Williams, Author, "Hurricane of Independence"

"Egads," is a very good word, though my favorite may be "Yikes!", which is usually reserved for greater shock such as vulgarity. "Goodness, gracious, me o my!" is a bit pedestrian. ;) Tony

May 5, 2009 at 6:31 am

Richard in London

GREAT TO SEE YA BACK JD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! machine is is the bulding foks!!!!!!!!, Janice i wish you all the best now your back to work, i know it must be hard being apart from your little guy, but we are all so very proud of you and sean, and of course matthew!!!, you can certainly count on me for prayers and support, i await the day when you feel up to it to do " the machine" boogie, i was going to ask you janice, you were a DJ in canada right?, do you remember a group called Kajagoogoo and their hit " life in the big apple " ? ? thats a good boogie tune for all the female fox anchors, i can just see gretchen carlson doing that with brian and steve doocey!, although i know you'd out machine them! take it easy JD god bless, and also to the rest of the gang on here! Love Richard!

May 5, 2009 at 4:26 am

George Spink

Comment by Tracy May 4th, 2009 at 2:21 pm I just wanted to add that if anyone is interested, I have a lot of pictures of little Mason that I post on my blog on blogspot. I use that website to keep my family and friends back home updated on everything. My family checks this page daily to see if new pictures are up and I usually update it at least once a week. here is the link ===================== Tracy, I looked at your blog and think it is terrific! I taught blogging at the Venice Skills Center in Venice, CA about five years ago using Most students had no trouble learning how to use Blogger. They were always so delighted when they viewed their first blog entry online. You blog reminds me of one a young mother in her early 20's built. She was from Mexico City. Most of her relatives stilled lived there. The rest lived in various places in Southern California. All of them had personal computers in their homes. I helped her create a blog for her relatives so they could share photos and write about what they were doing. Each of her relatives became a member. Her blog was in Spanish. By the end of the term, I was very proud of what she had achieved. Moreover, her blog helped all of them reduce their telephone bills substantially. Thanks for telling is about your blog, Tracy! If anyone else would like to use Blogger, and its free, visit their web site: Have fun! George Spink Los Angeles

May 5, 2009 at 1:12 am


Thank you Dawn!! it's sooo great to see our Weather Machine back!! And don't worry Janice, you're gonna be just FINE!!! I'm so thrilled to see you again!!! :) and yes, we much needed you back in NYC to bring us some sunshine in our rainy week!!! xxx Guillaume

May 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm


Welcome back, Janice. Each day will get easier and those welcomes home will be the brightest spot at the end of your work days. You remain in my prayers. Isn't it amazing how for a long time we all chatted on this blog about your pregnancy adventures and you thought he'd never get here!! And now he is and he's an amazing little one and living a wonderful life with you and Sean. Tony, egads, I can't believe you said, "Egads!!" Tracy, Mason is amazing, how wonderful that today's technology lets your family see him as he grows. Goodnight, All.

May 4, 2009 at 10:26 pm


Welcome back Janice! I have missedyou and your smiling face. Matthew is adorable and as personable as his Mother !! BTW....Happy Mother's Day !!!!

May 4, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Peter Plumley

JD: It was truly great to see you on the air all day. :) I'm told it's to rain on Tuesday in the OV. (That's Ottawa Valley, Canada) for all the new folks reading the blog.

May 4, 2009 at 8:50 pm


Thanks Margie! I'm glad the link worked! I'm a proud momma :)

May 4, 2009 at 7:11 pm

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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.